August is Tradies Health Month
This nationwide initiative aims to raise awareness of work health and safety risks for tradies. Safe Work Australia’s CEO Michelle Baxter said that worksites for tradies are hazardous by nature, and that employers have a duty to ensure their team is working safely.
“According to the latest WHS statistics, tradies make up almost one-third of Australia’s workforce, but they represent over half of the country’s serious workers’ compensation claims,” said Ms Baxter.
The most common serious claims for workers’ compensation are attributed to muscular stress while lifting, carrying or putting down objects.
“Injuries that tradies often experience include traumatic joint/ligament, and muscle/tendon injuries. Most distressingly, almost 50 tradies a year die from vehicle incidents.”
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